Things to Do in Belize

Explore What Awaits

Alaia itself is located in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, a petite island at the southern end of The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. Teeming with things to do on land, sea and air, this extraordinary natural attraction – named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 – is the second-largest reef system in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Highlights within this breathtaking destination include the Great Blue Hole, a giant submarine sinkhole made famous by marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau in 1970.

A short drive from the hotel brings you to more than 200 cayes teeming with ancient Mayan temples, highlighted by Xunantunich, which is the second tallest ruin in Belize. You can also explore lush jungles, rainforest canopies and archaeological sites like the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. In addition to chambers where sacrificial ceremonies took place, the cave is home to ceramics, stoneware and skeletal remains that are over 1,000 years old. 

For recommendations on what to do during your stay in Belize and assistance with planning arrangements, Alaia’s Adventure Concierge is available to make sure your experience is one to remember.

Great Blue Hole

The world’s largest natural formation of its kind, and known as a bucket list dive, the Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole made famous by marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau in 1970, who listed it as one of the top 5 places to dive in the world. Options for exploring it include diving, snorkeling, and flying.

The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley

Located very close to San Pedro and ideal for snorkelers and beginning divers, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley are the most popular diving / snorkeling sites in Belize. The diverse array of marine life here includes large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

Lamanai

Lamanai (from Lama'anayin, "submerged crocodile" in Yucatec Maya) is a Mesoamerican archaeological site, and was once a major city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. The site's name is pre-Columbian, recorded by early Spanish missionaries, and documented over a millennium earlier in Maya inscriptions as Lam'an'ain.

Fly Fish the Flats

In addition to the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida, Belize’s shallow water is home to bonefish, permit, jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia, and snook. With fisheries supplemented by a large migratory population, you can cast for tarpon 12 months a year.

Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve is a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers comprised of approximately 450 sand and mangrove cayes, over 100 hard and soft coral species, 500 species of fish, and hundreds of invertebrate species. Charles Darwin described it as "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies" in 1842.

Hike the Mayan Ruins

Belize once was home to more than 2 million Mayas. Today, one of the most exciting ways to appreciate their ancient culture is to hike the remains of the temples and city-states that are scattered across the country.

Zipline Through the Jungle

Kids and adults can soar from platform to platform through the dense Belizean jungle at canopy level, getting a bird's eye view of the country's extraordinary tropical flora and fauna. Ziplining adventures can also be combined with cave tubing.